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How To Delete Files From Google Drive on an iPhone

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Disposing of files is essential to keep your iPhone’s storage clean and maintain your privacy. But deleting files from your Google Drive account can be a bit tricky. Particularly if you have an iPhone, the question is what you need to do to delete files from Google Drive on your iPhone.

Quick Answer

Open your Google Drive and go to the file you want to delete. Tap the “More” option (3-dot icon). In the menu, tap the “Remove” option at the bottom. The file will be moved to the “Trash” folder. If you want to delete the file permanently, go to the main menu. Here, tap on the menu icon on the top-left of the screen, and tap on the “Trash” option. Now, click on the “More” option (3-dot icon) in front of the file you want to delete. In the pop-up menu, tap on the “Delete Forever” option.

In this article, I’ll take you, in detail, through the procedure of deleting files from Google Drive on an iPhone.

Method #1: Move a File to Trash From Google Drive

Deleting a file from Google Drive is slightly different than on other devices. Firstly, you move the file to Trash. Then, if you want to get rid of the thing permanently, you can delete it forever from Trash. Here’s what you need to do to move a file to Trash.

  1. Open Google Drive on your iPhone.
  2. Tap on the “Files” tab from the bottom bar.
  3. Navigate to the folder where the file you want to delete is present.
  4. Tap on the “Menu” option (3-dot icon) in front (or top-right) of the file you want to delete.
  5. Scroll down to find the “Remove” option and tap on it in the pop-up menu.

It will move your files to the “Trash Bin”. The file will remain in there for 30 days. Within this time, you can restore it or delete it permanently. If you don’t, it will be deleted automatically.

Method #2: Move Multiple Files to Trash From Google Drive

The steps you need to follow to move multiple files to Trash are somewhat different from that of a single file. Here’s what you need to do to move numerous files to Trash from Google Drive on your iPhone.

  1. Open Google Drive on your iPhone
  2. Go to the folder where the files you want to delete are present.
  3. Long press on the first file you want to move to Trash. It will mark the file selected.
  4. Select the other files you want to move to Trash by tapping on them.
  5. Select the “Bin” icon from the top-bar menu.

It will move the files to the Trash Bin.

Method #3: Permanently Delete a File From Google Drive

If you want to permanently delete a file from your Google Drive account, firstly, move the file to Trash by following the method described above. Secondly, follow these steps.

  1. Go to the Home screen of Google Drive.
  2. Tap on the “Menu” option at the screen’s top-left corner.
  3. From the pop-up menu, tap on the option reading “Trash”. It will open up the list of files you have moved to Trash recently.
  4. Tap on the “More” option (3-dot icon) in front of the file you want to delete permanently.
  5. Tap on the option reading “Delete Permanently”.

It will permanently delete the file. Now, you or anyone else cannot restore it by any accessible means.

Method #4: Permanently Delete Multiple Files From Google Drive

Deleting multiple files permanently is slightly different from that for a single file. Follow the first three steps as described in the previous section. Then, follow these steps.

  1. Long press on the first file you want to delete permanently. It will mark the file selected.
  2. Select the other files you want to delete permanently by tapping on them.
  3. Select the crossed bin icon from the top-bar menu.

It will delete the files permanently. Also, if you want to permanently delete all of the files in the Trash folder, you can do this.

  1. Go to the “Trash” folder in Google Drive.
  2. Tap on the “More” option (3-dot icon) in the top-right corner of the screen.
  3. Tap on the “Empty Trash” option in the pop-up menu.

It is a nice trick to use if you have moved several files to Trash.

Conclusion

In short, you can move files from Google Drive to Trash by selecting the Move to Trash option in the menu, which appears by tapping on the “More” (3-dot) icon. Moreover, you can permanently delete the files by navigating to the Trash folder and selecting the “Delete Forever” option in a file’s “More” menu. Also, you can delete all of the files in the Trash folder by tapping on the “Empty Trash” option.

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